Days before his biggest film to date, 'X-Men: First Class,' opens, Scottish actor James McAvoy has criticized British filmmakers for "dumbing down" their films and "patronizing" Americans.

The actor told Sky News, "Do we make movies just for America? Yeah, of course we do. And yet it's never the movies aimed at America that do well."

He added, "We dumb our movies down because we want Americans to understand them. The Americans watch it and go 'This is a really unsophisticated, dumbed-down movie.' Why would we want this? Why do we like this? We don't. It's like we're patronizing them and shortchanging ourselves."

The actor, whose previous films include 'Atonement' and 'Wanted,' didn't name any names in his critique.

So, who's a smart Brit director, according to McAvoy? Presumably, 'X-Men' director Matthew Vaughn, who's already drawing raves for the '60s-era prequel, which opens June 3 .
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